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How can one break the habit of biting themselves?

Breaking habits: To make or break any habits, medically speaking we need three weeks (21 days). Theoretically speaking, it takes 21 days to make a new neural pathway! Any new habit to form or break, it has to be engraved into our body system as a neural pathway. Once it is engraved (21 days); then we don't need extra efforts to work on it. This means only three weeks of effort--- keep checking on yourself! ...Read more

Dr. Nathan Zasler
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Habits (Definition)

A recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent ...Read more


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What could I do to break gum biting habit?

What could I do to break gum biting habit?

Cheek biting: Habit or gum biting can both cause wounding of soft tissue. Blood and dead cells are haven for bacteria which can cause halitosis or bad breath and discomfort. You can also ask your dentist fora mouthguard. I hope you will now be motivated to break the habit. ...Read more

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How to break the habit of biting your nails?

How to break the habit of biting your nails?

Different Options: There are a few ways you can stop biting your nails. One way is to pick one nail and not bite that one for awhile, once it's been about 2-3 weeks notice how good that nail looks. Then, pick another nail and don't bite it for awhile, continue this until you aren't biting your nails anymore. Another step is to keep yourself occupied, chew gum or do an activity that requires using your hands. ...Read more

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How to break my habit of biting the sides of my fingernails?

How to break my habit of biting the sides of my fingernails?

Reaction to stress.: Nail biting is often considered to be a common reaction to stress.
The first step in stopping this habit is to identify what’s causing it and resolving whatever problems you have. To stop fungal infections arising from nail biting, use somasin afs. This powerful herbal formula strengthens the immune system and stops stubborn nail infections in just seven days.
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How do I break my habit of biting my nails?

How do I break my habit of biting my nails?

Put something...: On them that tastes terrible, yet is harmless - lemon juice, castor oil, etc. ...Read more

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How can I break the habit of nail-biting?

How can I break the habit of nail-biting?

Notice it: Often if you can notice that it is happening, you can stop these kinds of habits. However, some will paint their nails with jalapeno juice or some other vile taste to help remind you not to. The other thing you try is to carry nail clippers or files with you, as often it is the desire to clear a hangnail that starts it. ...Read more

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What can I do to break my lip biting habit?

What can I do to break my lip biting habit?

See your dentist: Have your dentist see you to check your bite. Maybe your bite may need adjusting so you won't bite your lip. Is this a habit you have? Is this something that started happening recently? See a therapist to work on some distraction techniques for the lip biting. ...Read more

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How can I break my 19 month old's habit of biting?

How can I break my 19 month old's habit of biting?

Say no!: To help him grow quickly through the biting stage, when you observe biting, say, "no! " firmly, so he can tell you are not pleased, then repeat and name the behavior, "no biting! ". Then scoop him up from the situation and set a timer for about two minutes (the rule of thumb is one minute for every year he is old) and pay no attention to him for the next two minutes, even if he acts sorry or angry. ...Read more

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How do you break a child from a habit of biting nails?

How do you break a child from a habit of biting nails?

Fingernail biting: This is very difficult to accomplish until the child is old enough to care about their personal appearance as it is usually an unconscious behavior. The good news it rarely has any health consequences other than the very occasional infection of the cuticle area (paronychia) which is easily treated. ...Read more

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I have a bad habit of biting the skin on my finger knuckles. What do you suggest to break it?

I have a bad habit of biting the skin on my finger knuckles. What do you suggest to break it?

Unsavory substance: One way to dissuade one from biting may be to apply a non-toxic substance to the skin that would be very distasteful. For instance jalapeno pepper juice may be a good choice. ...Read more

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How can I break a tongue and lip biting habit?

How can I break a tongue and lip biting habit?

See your dentist: Have your dentist see you to check your bite. Maybe your bite may need adjusting so you won't bite your lip or tongue. Is this a habit you have? Is this something that started happening recently? ...Read more

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I have a habit of "biting my cheeks". I find myself doing it without knowing it. Is it "normal" and how do I stop?

Situational habit.: I used to do the same thing when I would find myself in intense competitive situations. I gave myself something else to do in order to save my cheeks. Sugarless gum. I no longer chew much gum but the cheek biting habit is gone. Consider current medications, dietary deficiencies, anxiety, malaligned or poolry occluding teeth as causes. A visit to your md, or dentist might be helpful. ...Read more

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Why is biting your nails such a bad habit?

Not: RELAX. It is not a bad habit. No one knows why some people compulsively chew their nails. ...Read more

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Why might I have a habit of biting my lower lip?

Why might I have a habit of biting my lower lip?

Overjet: Overjet (commonly referred to as overbite) is the horizontal distance the upper and lower front teeth are from one another. Many patients who have a moderate to severe overjet find that the lower lip fits easily into that space. As a child they learn to swallow that way, and it becomes a neuromuscular habit. It usually goes away with orthodontic correction. ...Read more

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How do I stop my habit of biting and cutting my nails so deep?

How do I stop my habit of biting and cutting my nails so deep?

Psychotherapy: Assuming the biting and cutting have been occuring for a few weeks or more, I would suggest the individual meet with a mental health professional, preferably one well versed in cognitive behavior therapy. ...Read more

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I have a terrible habbit of biting my lips. How can I stop this?

I have a terrible habbit of biting my lips. How can I stop this?

Biting Lips: A couple ways: 1) mind over matter. If is a conscious habit; practice different techniques that keep you from biting. Keeping your lips closed prevents the teeth from biting. 2) soft occlusal guards will help with slightly opening your bite and subsequently reducing trauma. It will provide a barrier between your teeth and lips that should prevent you from biting them especially at night. ...Read more

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How can I stop biting on my fingers when it has become a habit of sixteen years?

How can I stop biting on my fingers when it has become a habit of sixteen years?

Plan and support: Plan ahead & enlist help from friends, family, your doctor, etc. Think about the situations when you are more likely to bite your nails and the emotion behind them. If you bite your nails when you are nervous, you need to find another way to sooth anxiety. If you bite when you are bored, find something else to do with your hands. Consider chewing gum, mints, nail polish, fake nails as deterents. ...Read more

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I have a habit of biting nails when iam very nervous and anxious. What can I do?

I have a habit of biting nails when iam very nervous and anxious. What can I do?

BITING NAILS: THIS IS NOT AN UNCOMMON PROBLEM.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
THERE IS NO ONE ANSWER.
STRESS AND ANXIETY ARE OFTEN CAUSES.
SEE YOUR PCP OR CHECK IT WITH YOUR GYNECOLOGIST.
VERY BEST LUCK ON THE NEW BABY AND WITH YOUR NAILS. . . ...Read more

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I have a bad habit of biting my nails all the time. Is there a fast and easy way to stop?

I have a bad habit of biting my nails all the time. Is there a fast and easy way to stop?

Deterrent: Put something that tastes bad on your nails. Every time you try to bite your nails, you will experience a bad taste and you will begin to associate bad feelings towards nail biting. ...Read more

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What to do if I am constantly biting my lips! It's such a bad habit. Can that damage my lips?

Biting lips: In general, I would normally tell a patient that biting lips won't damage them. It is just a bad habit ...Read more

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I have been biting my cheek for a long time I try to stop but now it's becoming a habit what do I do?

I have been biting my cheek for a long time I try to stop but now it's becoming a habit what do I do?

Bad habit: It is a common habit and hard to break but you should make a sincere and concerted effort to stop yourself from biting. Once you have been bite free for several days, the habit will be broken. You might try chewing sugar free gum in an effort to distract you from biting. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to lick the habit of me biting my own nails?

Become aware: Become aware of when and situations in which you're biting
Visualize yourself with strong healthy nails
Pick one nail to protect, let it grow
Pick another and continue the process until you've successfully avoided biting all nails.
If you ever have urge, focus on just 1 nail to bite
Maintain healthy nails--healthy diet, manicure, pretty polish, cuticle oil ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could lick the habit of me biting my own nails?

Can you tell me how I could lick the habit of me biting my own nails?

Get help if needed: Become more aware of when you are biting nails, what you are doing, etc.
Do something else-drumming fingers, twiddling, playing with a penny
Keep your mouth busy-gum, mints, water bottle
Apply something to discourage biting--Bitrex, hot sauce (frequently)
Get a manicure, wear pretty polish
If you've tried everything, it may also be time to see a professional. ...Read more

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Methods to stop lip biting habit?

Methods to stop lip biting habit?

Cognitive behaviorTx: If lip biting has been occurring over a relatively brief period of time, I would encourage the individual to become more conscious or aware and making a mental note, or instead by keeping a daily journal of all the details; if the behavior continues I would recommend a therapist who practices cbt. ...Read more

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How to stop this cheek-biting habit I've had for years?

Just stop: There is no magic trick. It is a habit you have developed and every-time you catch yourself biting your cheek you just have to stop... It will take a month to see a change but with persistence you can stop. Good luck! ...Read more

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Need medical advice for severe cheek biting habit! Help?

See specialist: See a prosthodontist to evaluate your bite. If all is well with it, then you may need a nightguard for the nighttime. If you are doing this during the day then you may need to see a therapist to help determine why you are doing this and how to help you manage/improve it. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I stop the habit of biting the inside of my lips?

How can I stop the habit of biting the inside of my lips?

Some ideas: Apply petroleum jelly to your inner lip so that it reminds you not to bite it.
Spot your triggers, make a plan to do something different.
Deal with your stress more directly.
Breathe deeply, let go of the tension. ...Read more

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Please tell me what causes inside cheek biting habit to form?

Please tell me what causes inside cheek biting habit to form?

Cheek biting habit: Bite being off, ill fitting dentures, missing teeth can lead to biting your cheek. If you are asking about having a habit, like you catch yourself chewing on the inside of your cheek or pulling off a little of the inner "skin" of the cheek and chewing the piece, which many people do, some causes of that could be boredom, stress, self satisfaction from chewing something which sounds primal. ...Read more

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